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Robert Mandan Star Of Sitcom ‘Soap” Dead At Age 86

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He was wonderfully funny as the womanizing Chester Tate on the ABC sitcom spoof, Soap, from 1977-1981, and had appeared in various daytime drama throughout his career. But sad news to report, Robert Mandan who played Chester for all he is worth and then some, passed away at age 86.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mandan actually died back on April 29th in Los Angeles after a long illness.  Mandan’s friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein informed the entertainment news outlet.

Mandan had also appeared on soap operas such as: Days of our Lives, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Edge of NightFrom These Roots, Search for Tomorrow, and The Doctors.

Susan Harris, who created the critically-acclaimed comedy series, Soap, came up with such a fun and contentious relationship between Mandan and his on-screen wife played by Katherine Helmond that kept audiences in stitches, but also had some emotional weight to it.

Robert also appeared in many top sitcoms of the day in guest star roles including: All in the Family, Maude,  Sanford and Son, and Barney Miller to name but a few.

The actor is survived by his wife, Sherry.

Sad to hear of the passing of Robert Mandan?  Do you remember him a the conniving Chester on Soap? Share your thoughts and condolences in the comment section below.

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jaybird369

Sad, sad news. Rest In Peace. Amen.

Jimh
Jimh

Sad news for sure…

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Llanviewer717

I am terribly sorry to hear this. I enjoyed him in so many programs over the years. Thank you Mr. Mandan for years of wonderful entertainment. Rest in peace.

Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol

So very sad to hear this I always liked the guy.May you rest in peace.I did see him in soap I never knew that he could be so funny.I have seen him also on Threes a Crowd.My condolences to his family.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

OMG, not another veteran? Shouldn’t be a surprise , as I am R.M age myself. I used to just love this man, thinking he was the handsomest man on two feet. Loved him better on the soaps, than his nighttime work.

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Call For Boycott and Pushback Continue For Hallmark Channel After Pulling Ad Of Lesbian Brides Kissing

We all know that many former soap stars are currently appearing, or have appeared in Hallmark Channel movies, and Christmastime is the cable outlets busiest season where they roll about several romance-themed offerings.

This weekend alone, DAYS alum, Jen Lilley (Ex-Theresa) and GH alum, Matt Cohen (Ex-Griffin) are in two of them  However, on Saturday the channel became under fire for removing an ad from Zola.com which featured two brides kissing in a same-sex wedding moment.

Zola.com is a wedding planning and registry company, and in this version of their ads, it showed two women exchanging wedding vows and then sharing a kiss celebrating their union.  The ad was one of six that had been running on the channel since December 2nd.

Enter conservative group  One Million Moms. The group launched a petition to get the network to pull the commercial along with any other LGBTQ related-content.  According to the group, they had 27,000 people sign it.   On their website, the ‘Moms” group posted: “Parents need to know they could now come face-to-face with the LGBT agenda when they sit down to watch the Hallmark Channel.”

Next, Hallmark Channel caved  to the conservative group and removed the ad saying it was in violation of their policy.  They added to The Hollywood Reporter: “The debate surrounding these commercials on all sides was distracting from the purpose of our network, which is to provide entertainment value.”  Zola countered with their own statement, pulling any and all advertising from the network: “All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations of love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark.”

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A Hallmark spokesperson added: “The decision not to air overt public displays of affection in our sponsored advertisement, regardless of the participants, is in line with our current policy, which includes not featuring political advertisements, offensive language, R-rated movie content and many other categories.”

GLAAD fired back with a statement from CEO Sarah Kate Ellis: “The Hallmark Channel’s decision to remove LGBTQ families in such a blatant way is discriminatory and especially hypocritical coming from a network that claims to present family programming and also recently stated they are ‘open’ to LGBTQ holiday movies. As so many other TV and cable networks showcase, LGBTQ families are part of family programming. Advertisers on The Hallmark Channel should see this news and question whether they want to be associated with a network that chooses to bow to fringe anti-LGBTQ activist groups, which solely exist to harm LGBTQ families.”

In some additional tweets on social media which find many calling for a complete boycott of the channel, The Ellen DeGeneres Show account tweeted: Isn’t it almost 2020? @hallmarkchannel @billabbottHC … what are you thinking? Please explain. We’re all ears.”

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) tweeted: “Sweet Jesus!…who ironically I hear does not get the Hallmark Channel due to its content, but instead binge watches @BritishBakeOff due to the joyful inclusivity… and of course the cake.”

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Saturday Night Live took aim at the cable network with guest co-host Scarlett Johansson with the game, A Winter Boyfriend for Holiday Christmas, a Hallmark dating show – said to be created by the algorithm that makes Hallmark holiday movies. In it, Johansson was the’ bachelorette’ having to choose between three eligible bachelors which took aim at all the lack of racial diversity in Hallmark’s Christmas movies, and more.

Now below, watch the ad that is the center of the controversy below, followed by the SNL spoof of the channel.

In the comment section, let us know what your thoughts are on the decision by Hallmark to pull the wedding planning ad, and what you think of the networks movie content formula which clearly lacks diversity and inclusion.

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Greek Soap Star Andreas Georgiou To Appear On The Bold and the Beautiful

B&B fans worldwide follow the exciting international career of legacy series star, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke).  As Lang had detailed recently on her social media posts, she was recently in Greece taping 16 episodes on the greek soap opera 8 Lexeis.

The series star of 8 Lexeis is Andreas Georgiou, and now he has come to Los Angeles to appear on Katherine’s soap, The Bold and the Beautiful.

Andreas had been documenting his trip to Los Angeles and CBS Television City  (where B&B is taped) on his Instagram account.  One shot is with B&B icon, John McCook (Eric), and there are others with Lang and her beau, Dom Zoida, and more.

Jennifer Gareis (Donna) also posted a group photo from the set with Andrea and actors from the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.

No word yet on when Andreas will air on B&B, or what part he will play, but stay tuned for more intel as it becomes available.

So, what do you think of B&B continuing its international reach bringing Andreas to the series for a guest visit? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Says: “I Just Think The Best Actors In The World Are On Daytime Television”

As everyone knows by now, we have always been a huge fan of the work of Renée Elise Goldsberry starting back to 2003 and her beginnings on One Life to Live in her twice Daytime Emmy-nominated performances as Evangeline Williamson.

Since OLT, Goldsberry’s career has found her on-stage in the smash musical Hamilton, then in feature film and TV series including: Waves, Altered Carbon, The Good Wife, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Documentary Now, The Get Down and Evil. 

Deadline has recently released their New Hollywood Podcast and Goldsberry was a guest on the most recent episode.  While she fielded questions from the hosts about her life pre and post-Hamilton, the topic of her time on the soaps was bantered about,  Renée stood proud with the daytime community and their talent and unbelievable work ethic and how they are not given the credit they deserve.

When talking about One Life to Live, Goldsberry stated: “I learned my acting chops on that show, because we have so much work. I just think the best actors in the world are on daytime television ”

In explaining to the hosts how soaps are shot and the pace in which the actor’s are asked to perform, she related: “We take three months to film an hour and a half movie, but soap actors. shoot six hours of television a week. They’re just really talented. The stories are so broad, and they always have to continue to defend their character and some kind of really crazy situations.”

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Renée summed it up by sharing: ” I love soaps.  I love the fans of soap operas, I love the writers and the producers, I love everything about soap operas. I have some really, really good friends who are still in that medium, killing the game… I still see my friends on those shows, and I watch them, and I’m super proud.”

So, what do you think about the sentiments shared by Renee on the hard-working men and women in daytime?  Plus, what do you think of the success she has found utilizing all of her talents on stage, recording, TV and film? Comment below.

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